Callum Hudson Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi has signed his new deal. After a long summer of false alarms, there he is standing with Marina, a shirt and a grin.

It’s seemed certain for a while now, but it’s easy to forget how unlikely this situation seemed just a few months ago. Not long ago we had turned down a transfer request, and the winger was glowering on the bench as Maurizio Sarri reduced his game time. A new deal seemed a long way off then, and the hopes of changing his mind faint.

A lot has changed since then, and there’s no denying that his awful injury, as heartbreaking as it was, swung things in Chelsea’s favour. The appointment of Frank Lampard was another significant factor. If Callum has had any doubts about committing to his boyhood club, they surely will have been rapidly eroded by seeing his direct peers starting and succeeding week in, week out; just as he was before his injury.

It’s a significant move for the club too. Losing one of Europe’s brightest young talents on a free transfer would have been a total disaster, and a massive black mark against the work of the academy. Securing him hopefully means a genuine world class talent at the start of their career on the wing. With so many brilliant youngsters in the team now, attention can be turned to really focusing on the weak spots and making this squad.

The next step is getting him back on the field and playing at a high level again as soon as possible. For all the talent this team has, a fresh injection of life on the wings is desperately needed, just as it was last season when he made his breakthrough. It wouldn’t take much to get a first team spot ahead of the patchy Willian, Pedro and Christian Pulisic. He just has to prove his fitness.

His impact last season was instant, and undeniable. He got goals and assists every time he was given a chance, and even the tactically stubborn Sarri was forced to bend to the will of the fans to get him in the side. Frank Lampard will need no such persuading. Callum can expect all the time and minutes he needs to get up to speed again.

For a club that’s banned from making transfers, we certainly know how to make major additions to our squad. Between the returning loanees, the loans made permanent and the contracts signed, we’ve refreshed our squad significantly, and can now hopefully make decisive moves next summer to turn us back into proper Champions League contenders again.

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Bit harsh to lump pulisic in with pedro and William. His 21 and still learning whereas everyone knows the other twos potential is rarely shown. That said it’s great to see another young blue commit to our club.

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The seemingly disastrous transfer ban has eventually become a great blessing with Abraham, Loftus-cheek, Mount, Tomori, Hudson-Odoi, Guehi, Christensen and Reece James fully integrated into the main squad, Chelsea have inadvertently become a highly thrilling qualitative youthful side. If we can bring in about two star players like Koulibaly to… Read more »